My next writing project

Having recently seen my dissertation come to print with Walter de Gruyter, it is a huge relief to have that monkey off my back. While some scholars study one area the rest of their life, I would go bonkers. I am pretty much done with Paul and his cultic metaphors, though it was a good avenue for learning how to do research.

So, what’s next? I humbly accepted a gracious offer from Smyth & Helwys to write the Colossians volume for the S & H commentary series. A while back, I endorsed the commentary on 1 Corinthians. S & H have designed a really attractive series, with numerous pictures and sidebars, an expectation of cutting edge scholarship, and a view towards the theological relevance of the text. I have been thoroughly impressed with the volumes I have come in contact with, such as Ben Witherington’s work on Matthew.

I will be working on this for about two years, though I have some other projects on my plate. There are, of course, a number of truly excellent Colossians commentaries already out there (e.g., O’Brien, Barth, Dunn) and I am privileged to be counted among them.

If any of you have written articles on Colossians and would be willing to share them with me, I would be delighted. Please email them to me at my SPU address: “guptan[at]” and then “”. Thanks!


5 thoughts on “My next writing project

  1. Nijay–

    Congrats. Although I do not own a volume in this series, I have always been impressed with what I have seen. Your contribution will be a good edition to the series and to Colossians commentaries as well.

  2. Neej,

    Congrats, man! This is awesome news! If you’d like an endorsement from a complete unknown, I’d be happy to oblige. I could at least put a “pastoral” stamp on the back cover… 🙂 Hope to hear more about this!

  3. Congratulations, Nijay. I’m just catching up on my blog reading! The series is very good–creative opportunities abound.

  4. Fabulous! That’s great, Nijay. I have only really given detailed attention to Brueggemann’s volume on Kings in the series. It is a tremendous opportunity to do something different with a commentary. It is the sort of creativity that I hope we see more of in commentary series. I look forward to your volume 🙂

    Let me know if I can help in any way.

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